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In the past few years, Kia’s success on the market has increased significantly with models like the SOUL and the Forte becoming leaders in their segment. Taking this under consideration, it’s no wonder that the Korean manufacturer is expanding their market - which as of now consists of coupes, sedans, crossovers, and SUVs - to include a small roadster. The Kia Roadster - name unknown - will set out to compete against one of the only lower end roadsters on the market: the Mazda MX-5.

The new Kia Roadster will weigh no more than 2200 lbs and will come with a rear wheel drive system. Engine specifications are not exact, but we should be getting about 200 HP out of a turbo petrol engine. About a year after the Kia debuts, we should also be seeing a Hyundai version of the same vehicle. Think along the lines of the relationship between the Toyota FT-86 and Scion FR-S.

The path has been set, but don’t expect this sporty model to show up anytime before 2013; building a model that will be "fun, dynamic and addressed to young buyers" will surely take some time.

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Exterior and Interior

The future Kia Roadster’s design language will follow the same trend started a while ago by models like the Forte and the Optima. It will only be available with a soft top and, according to previous rumors, may be inspired by the old KCV III concept - a theory we highly doubt considering the KCV III is outdated.


Under the hood of Kia’s future roadster, we will most likely find a new turbo petrol engine mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission. However, with the recent trends, we may also see a double-clutch gearbox as a viable and free option. This setup will will deliver about 200 HP.

2003 Kia KCV-III Concept

Kia's future MX-5 competitor Exterior
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The new Kia Roadster is expected to be revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with sales to begin in early 2014. Prices will be in the $30K area.


Kia has already made it clear that this model will target the Mazda MX-5, but models like the future Volkswagen BlueSport will also fit its target area.

Mazda may be getting ready for the action as the company is already working on their next generation MX-5. The company plans to drop about 720 pounds from the 2,480-pound curb weight of today’s Miata and then add a newly developed four-cylinder engine with up to 160 HP under the hood.

The production version of the Volkswagen Bluesport is expected to be revealed in the next two years. It will feature a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of about 170 HP.

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  (762) posted on 01.4.2012

It really has the great look, and the price is very affordable for an impressive and awesome convertible car like this. I love the angst of this one on the color of yellow. It is indeed an eye catcher.

  (776) posted on 12.22.2011

Well, it’s a good thing that KIA has been experimenting on different look and know on which will be a hit among their buyers. I can sense that 2014 would be a great year for them.

  (434) posted on 11.10.2011

Wow! This Roadster is truly looks very awesome on its detailing and simple styling! I’m also glad that it had an impressive engine, and it sounds so nice to know that this fabulous car is in affordable price only, great!

  (449) posted on 10.12.2011

Kia Roadster is very appealing on its body paint, and even though it only had a simple platform and detailing, I’m still impressed with the fact that it is a convertible one even the turbo engine is quite impressive.

  (372) posted on 09.15.2011

It really had a great look from the exterior to its interior design, and I’m quite impressed with its ’Turbo’ engine. It’s a long wait but worth waiting for.

  (539) posted on 09.12.2011

I just hope that the engine is really impressive because this car seems so powerful. I love the looks of this car, so great and fabulous and the fact that it is very affordable.

  (328) posted on 08.22.2011

Roadster is really impressive, I love the sporty exterior of it and the fact that it is a convertible car. I just only hope that it also had an advanced technologies.

  (306) posted on 08.18.2011

It really had the great look, and the price is very affordable for an impressive and awesome convertible car like this. I love the angst of this one on the color of yellow. It is indeed an eye catcher.

  (448) posted on 07.22.2011

That was cute. I mean, check out its exteriors and the design has been enhanced for user’s satisfaction.

  (504) posted on 07.13.2011

KIA has made a lot of efforts in terms of efficiency and performance of their cars. I absolutely love its market power towards its consumers. A big leap for KIA cars.

  (394) posted on 07.8.2011

Hmm, it seems that the MX-5 will now have a serious competitor on this one. But I really won’t say that one for sure , since we have yet to see this baby on the road.

  (415) posted on 06.27.2011

Yeah, the price that they are putting on this one is really very enticing. And the looks are another plus factor too. I just hope that the performance would be an added bonus.

  (359) posted on 06.21.2011

Well, this one actually looks very good. It seems that Kia is really making a headway on this one one. It really wouldn’t be surprising if they soon venture into sports cars.

  (406) posted on 06.21.2011

Looks great!.. And the price is so affordable that anyone may have to chances to own a car like this KIA. I think this will gonna hit the year 2014.

  (331) posted on 06.21.2011

Yeah, their current looks is more of a Smart car type of vehicle. However, I was impressed with the speed newer version of this car and I think the competition in the market would be more exciting.

  (539) posted on 06.21.2011

It seems that I can see different look from this Korean car. Well, its a good thing that KIA has been experimenting different look and know on which will be a hit among their buyers. I can sense that 2014 would be a good year for them.

  (377) posted on 06.17.2011

This one seems to be the direct competitor to the MX-5 that they were mentioning a few months back. It does look good, but we still have to see how it would actually fare with the Miata.

  (858) posted on 06.17.2011

Hmm, it actually looks good. Never really thought that Kia would actually roll out this one, but it was really a pleasant surprise. Hopefully, this would look much better when they finally put this into production.

  (276) posted on 06.17.2011

Just looking at the competitor of this car I don’t think that its competitive enough. The combination of Volkswagen and Mazda can be beaten by KIA roadster.

  (530) posted on 06.17.2011

I really love the performance of the rear wheel drive. Talking about affordability and great look this car would be a good option. However, I don’t think that this is the best option for roadster since it comes up with soft roof top only.

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